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Afghanistan: Taliban kill 11 border police guards

By Rahim Faiez

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Sept. 23 2013 8:29 a.m. MDT

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center in green, and other officials attend a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.

Rahmat Gul, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan security official says the Taliban have attacked a border police checkpoint in the country's south near the border with Pakistan, killing 11 policemen.

Gen. Tafser Khan of the southern border police said Monday that the attack took place late Sunday night in Shorabak district of Kandahar province, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Yousef Ahamdi, claimed responsibility for the attack in a phone call to The Associated Press.

Khan says there was heavy fighting between police and insurgents, but the Taliban had more fighters and overcame the policemen.

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